Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children’s Amputee Ski Trippers Geared Up At St. Bernard’s With Tony Herring Smiling And Ruthie Chilling On The Floor

For the usual Sunday Breadwinners brunch crowd in Inwood Village, the parking lot on Sunday, January 21, seemed a little more crowded than usual. The reason was that St. Bernard’s across the way had opened earlier than its usual Sunday noontime start.

The reason was the gathering of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s patients who would be on the slopes of Winter Park at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in February for the 36th annual Amputee Ski Trip. They were at the ski-friendly store to get fitted for gear.

Crutches

Ruthie

The scene inside the store was like a pre-Christmas holiday party. Crutches were quickly stowed so kids could settle on the floor to cuddle with Ruthie, the laid-back St. Bernard mascot.

Across the way, a white-haired fella with a camera was capturing the activity. He could have easily been mistaken for one of the 14 youngsters’ grandfather. But actually he was TSRHC Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Tony Herring, the father of the annual ski trek. It was 37 years ago that Tony had started the TSRHC Amputee Ski Trip after hearing about a Denver program for youngsters with orthopedic challenges to head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding.

Tony Herring

Over the years, Tony had sent off dozens and dozens of kids who had faced the loss of limbs to do more than just learn the art of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. It was also an opportunity for the youngsters to be with others who have gone through surgeries, therapies and the emotional adjustment to being a bionic. To Tony’s delight the kids have returned with a sense of great self-esteem.

Cody McCasland and Tony Herring

But being ever the professional, he couldn’t help but check out the newest gear for the amputee patients like rock star Cody McCasland, who was born without shinbones due to Sacral Agenesis resulting in the amputation of both legs at the knee. He got his first set of prosthetic legs at 17 months and, over the years, he’s proved to be an extraordinary athlete, as well as scoring appearances on “Oprah” and “Ellen.”

Ryanne Carr

In fitting the kids with their gear, one staffer asked second-timer Ryanne Carr what size sock she would like. She smiled and said she didn’t need them. The staffer looked a little baffled. Then she pointed out that her prosthetic legs weren’t in need of socks. It seems that the 14-year-old had lost both of her legs and part of her right arm due to being born with amniotic band syndrome. A St. Bernard staffer quickly responded asking if she had a sister or brother. The answer was “Yes!” The sibling got a nifty pair of socks. Like Cody, Ryanne has earned quite a reputation in overcoming her physical challenges. The former Junior Race Director for the Dallas White Rock Marathon admitted seven years ago that, “I like to swim; I like to bike; I like to climb trees; I like to build Legos; I like to ride horses.” Now, she’s added snowboarding to that list.

This year’s junket takes place on Monday, February 12, with TSRHC pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Henry Ellis on board, as well as TSRHC Director of Prosthetics/double amputee Don Cummings and other staffers to advise on the type of equipment that would be needed. As Tony pointed out, the trip also provides an opportunity for the staff to better understand the challenges that their patients encounter outside the hospital.

The trip is free for the kids, thanks to the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, American Airlines and St. Bernard.

JUST IN: Jeff Smith To Chair Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children’s Treasure Street 2018

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Jeff Smith*

Spring isn’t even here and already fall plans are being announced. On the hooves of Niven Morgan’s and Shelby Wagner’s co-chairing the 2017 Treasure Street for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, it’s just been revealed that TSRHC Board of Trustee member/ HighGround Advisors President and CEO Jeff Smith will heading up TSRHC’s signature fundraiser.

Jeff has picked Thursday, October 11, for the day when the grounds of the Hospital at the corner of Oak Lawn and Maple are transformed into a festival of grazing around with loads of local chefs, music, twinkling lights and faces you know and want to know.

Since its establishment in 1996 by Dee and Dodge Carter in gratitude for TSRHC’s caring for their daughter Nicole, the annual outdoor event has pulled in $14M for patient care.

*Photo provided by Texas 
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

 

A Gentle Reminder: 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon Weekend Will Have Runners On Area Roads Both Saturday And Sunday

BMW Dallas Marathon*

Back in 1971 the very first Dallas White Rock Marathon was held on March 6. Over the years the name and date changed. In 2012 “White Rock” disappeared from the name and it became Dallas Marathon. Over the years some things stayed the same like Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children being the beneficiary and thousands of participants including world-class runners.

2017 Coors Light 5K and 10K*

This weekend the annual runathon has been expanded. For starters, it’s going to be a two-day run including

If you’re not planning on being part of those running or volunteering, you might want to check the road closures that will be in place. They range from Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge through downtown Dallas on Saturday to Sunday mega-run starting at City Hall and heading around White Rock via Turtle Creek and back to City Hall.

* Graphics courtesy of BMW Dallas Marathon

Treasure Street’s “Color Me Texan” Co-Chairs Niven Morgan And Shelby Wagner Were Bullish On Breaking Records

Before the longhorn steer set hoof on the grounds of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for the annual Treasure Street fundraiser, the numbers were already boding “record breaker”on Thursday, October 19, with way more than 1,000 in attendance. Think 1,300 coming together to “Color Me Texan.”

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

The bovine was the photo opp of the night with all types lining up for a selfie. However, the snap of Co-Chairs Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner got stalled. Niven was searching the grounds for his presentations notes. In the meantime, Shelby looked picture perfect despite Niven’s claims that earlier in the day Shelby had been hauling hay for the event set up.

BTW, this wasn’t Niven and Shelby’s first involvement with Treasure Street. As Shelby put it, “Niven’s been supporting Texas Scottish Rite for years.”

Niven added, “We were just flattered that they asked us to chair Treasure Street.”

Greiner Arts Academy Middle School Mariachi band

The organizers were also smart. This year’s outdoor fundraiser took over the parking lot at the corner of Oak Lawn and Maple. Almost immediately upon leaving their cars, guests were greeted by the 18-piece Greiner Arts Academy Middle School Mariachi band.

Treasure Street hay bar

Following the path to the check-in, they discovered the steer and a micro-version of Cattle Baron’s Ball with food stations (Campisi’s, Haystack Burgers and Barley, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Parigi and Paul Martin’s American Grill), a stage for Emerald City, towering bars made of bales of hay and tall tables and chairs. And on this night, there was no need for a tent. The sky was perfect.

Janice Provost

Pretty-in-pink Janice Provost womaned her Parigi station and reported that the previous weekend’s Dining On The Prairie Dinner Series for Trinity Audubon had been a grand success despite the challenges of limited facilities.

At 7:30 America’s Got Talent electric violinist Svet surprised the audience by performing.

As for the live auction, it lived up to the record-breaking feel of the night with the tennis package with John Isner going  for $12,500 and the John Lannom terrain-hunting buggies going for $45,000. The results? Thanks to the silent and live auction, the total haul of the night was more than $1.2M.

Gerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons and Kathy and Rodney Woods

Others in the crowd were Honorary Co-Chairs Ginny and Randy Bailey, Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse, Mark Edgar, Ann Davidson with Mark Porter, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, Carol Seay, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, and Kathy and Rodney Woods.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is the nation’s premier pediatric center for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological conditions and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. For almost 95 years, we’ve provided exceptional medical care to the children of Texas. Through decades of economic ups and downs, individuals, foundations and corporations in our community have supported our work and made it possible for us to continue in our mission, caring for children regardless of any family’s ability to pay. Our successes are due to wonderful friends like you!

“As we look back, we’re incredibly grateful for the partnerships we’ve forged through community-wide events like North Texas Giving Day (NTxGD). Oh, what a difference A DAY makes!  Since we first stepped foot into the NTxGD ring, we’ve raised more than $355,000 to underwrite the cost of Patient Care at the hospital.  These monies are used to cover the costs of everything from clinic visits and surgeries to patient art programs and recreational camps. More precisely, the funds are used to give children back a childhood that might otherwise be lost to complex diagnoses and frightening medical procedures. Thanks to our NTxGD donors, children like Hayden – who began receiving treatment at Scottish Rite Hospital when he was just 18 months old – have a chance to bounce back and move forward, inspiring all of us with their resilience and fire.

Harlem Globetrotter Anthony 'Buckets' Blakes, Dr. Karl Rathjen, Hayden Vallee and Harlem Globetrotter Fatima 'TNT' Maddox*

Harlem Globetrotter Anthony ‘Buckets’ Blakes, Dr. Karl Rathjen, Hayden Vallee and Harlem Globetrotter Fatima ‘TNT’ Maddox*

“In 2008, Hayden was diagnosed with Early Onset Scoliosis, a rare and potentially fatal form of spinal curvature. Initially, the 79-degree curve in his spine was treated using halo gravity traction and a series of Mehta casts which were adjusted and replaced every 8 to 16 weeks. Later, traditional metal support rods were implanted. Unfortunately, his condition did not resolve. In 2015, Hayden became one of the first patients at Scottish Rite Hospital to be surgically fitted with MAGEC rods. Unlike traditional spinal implants, MAGEC rods do not require additional surgeries to make adjustments. Instead, an external magnetic controller is used to non-invasively lengthen or shorten the implanted spinal rod. Periodic lengthening allows the rod to provide adequate bracing during growth and ultimately slows curve progression.

“Thanks to our talented surgeons and this incredible technology, Hayden’s prognosis is good – he’s out having a ball and doing all the things a typical nine-year old does.  In fact, he recently hiked his first mountain! Donors who support our work and believe in the unlimited potential of our special patients have made such a difference for Hayden and for thousands more children challenged by orthopedic conditions like scoliosis. With the ongoing care of our clinicians and continuing assistance of our community, we know the inspirational stories of our patients will continue to unfold in amazing ways!

“Thursday, September 22, is your chance to make a difference for kids.  Get Up and Give to Scottish Rite Hospital!”

-By Stephanie Brigger, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Vice President of Development

* Photo provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
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In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.

On Thursday, September 22, support Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay

Cotton Patch Cafe’s “March To A Million” Kicked Off The Annual Challenge To Raise Funds For Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

From the moment one enters Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the aroma of popcorn sets it far away from what is traditionally known for antiseptic smells. Adding to the “user-friendly” environment on Tuesday, March 1, was the kick-off festivities for Cotton Patch Cafe‘s March to a Million. Here’s a report from the field:

On Tuesday, March 1, Cotton Patch Cafe held a “March to a Million” event in partnership with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This event kicked off Cotton Patch Cafe’s fundraising initiative for the month of March (also known as the “March to a Million” challenge) in which Cotton Patch is working to raise a cumulative one million dollars to complete their 10 years of partnership.

Dylan Smith*

Dylan Smith*

Patients were invited to come to the hospital’s atrium and spin a prize wheel to win Cotton Patch branded items (such as sunglasses, T-shirts, gift cards and coupons). One enthusiastic patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dylan Smith, won a pair of red sunglasses and was all smiles when spinning the prize wheel. Cotton Patch also featured some of their classic menu items for tasting and a photo booth with props was on-site. Bianca Bouchelle, a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, enjoyed Cotton Patch’s chicken tenders, chips and queso as well as their notorious Dr Pepper Cake.

Patients and their families had a wonderful afternoon of fun and festivities.

Some patients even participated in a dessert-making contest in which patients created their own “dirt” dessert that contained crushed Oreos, chocolate pudding and gummy worms. Chef Eric Justice helped Katie Daniels, Jordan Anderson-Urune, C.C. Torres and Will Biedenbach create their sweet treats. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children President Bob Walker even made an appearance and spent time talking with patients and Cotton Patch employees.

C.C. Torres and Will Biedenbach*

C.C. Torres and Will Biedenbach*

Bob Walker*

Bob Walker*

Cotton Patch has worked to raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through matching customer donations with gift cards! For every $25 a customer donates, Cotton Patch will match with a $25 gift card. This year, Cotton Patch aims to raise $250,000 to reach one million cumulative dollars donated. As of March 21, they have raised over $116,000. All Cotton Patch locations are participating, and donations can also be made online at scottishritehospital.org/cottonpatch.

Performing Art Lovers Learn About Plans For 2016 TACA Silver Cup

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s 20th annual Treasure Street moved across the street to the new section of Old Parkland Campus for its annual Treasure Street fundraiser and the weather was delightful. Talk about being neighborly. This was the first official fundraiser on the grounds of the remarkable undertaking. Another neighbor pitched in with the talent and that was The Rustic’s Pat Green.

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Don Glendenning and Ruben Esquivel

Don Glendenning and Ruben Esquivel

Barbara and Stan Levenson

Barbara and Stan Levenson

Brent and Kay Franks

Brent and Kay Franks

North of town the art lovers Kay and Brent Franks, Barbara Daseke, Charlene Howell, Pete and Caren Kline, Wanda Gierhart, Kevin Hurst, Barbara and Stan Levenson and past Silver Cup recipients Don Glendenning, Joyce Mitchell, Lucilo Pena and Ruben Esquivel flocked to Jennifer and John Eagle’s home for the announcement of the 2016 TACA Silver Cup recipients. With John flying in from a business visit to California, Jennifer started off the evening doing solo hosting. No problem. This certainly wasn’t her first TACA Silver Cup reveal.

Jeff Woodward

Jeff Woodward

But it was the first for the Dallas Theater Center’s relatively new Managing Director Jeff Woodward. And he had very good reason for being there. Not only did he get to meet some of the performing art leadership, one of the DTC’s favs was named the 2016 Silver Cup recipient — recent past DTC Board of Trustees Chair Rebecca Fletcher.

Bit of trivia: When Rebecca’s inducted into the Silver Cup Club, it will be only the third time that a mother and daughter have received the award. Rebecca’s mother Bess Enloe was awarded the Silver Cup in 1993. Other mother-daughter Silver Cuppers included Margaret McDermott and daughter Mary McDermott Cook and Deedie Rose and daughter-in-law Catherine Marcus Rose.

Bess Enloe, Donna Wilhelm, Rebecca Fletcher, James E. Wiley Jr. and Joyce Mitchell

Bess Enloe, Donna Wilhelm, Rebecca Fletcher, James E. Wiley Jr. and Joyce Mitchell

Tara Lewis

Tara Lewis

Plus, her fellow recipient James E. Wiley Jr. has been heavily involved and supportive of the DTC by serving on its Executive Committee and chairing the Individual Giving and Trustee Development Committee. But that’s just a smidgen of his involvements in the Dallas arts community. There’s also the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

But you already knew all of that. Still, you might not know that the luncheon is scheduled for Friday, February 19, at the Hilton Anatole.

Hopefully, the streets and skies will be clear, so folks can safely celebrate the newest Silver Cup twosome. Luncheon Co-Chairs Pilar Henry and Tara Lewis are presently negotiating with Mother Nature to behave herself.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

“As an organization, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is well-known for the care we provide to children. Each day, our 800 employees assisted by hundreds of dedicated volunteers strive to improve lives and give children back their childhood. We are supported by kind donors throughout the community who give generously to further our mission. Yet our staff is equally committed to our task, giving not only time and talent as part of their daily duties, but paying it forward by giving back through the hospital’s annual Lend Our Hand Employee and Volunteer Giving Campaign.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children*

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children*

“Lend Our Hand is conducted each September, and not coincidentally, scheduled to coincide with North Texas Giving Day on September 17. While daily prize drawings, small incentive items and the promise of free food are definitely fantastic motivators, nothing is more motivating than the opportunity to maximize a gift to our organization. North Texas Giving Day entices old donors back and brings new donors pouring in! Together with friends in our community, TSRHC employees and volunteers have contributed more than $225,000 to the hospital on North Texas Giving Day since the program’s inception. These gifts were made even more meaningful with bonus funds awarded by Communities Foundation of Texas. In one strategically-planned day, we’ve been able to raise enough money to continue or expand valuable patient programs, purchase much-needed equipment and support some of our ground-breaking research.

Lend Our Hand Leaders

Lend Our Hand Leaders*

“This year, we’re thrilled to once again be participating in North Texas Giving Day and pleased that we can offer our employees, supporters and volunteers the opportunity to earn bonus funds on their donations. Our 2015 Lend Our Hand kickoff carnival will be filled to the brim with fellowship, food, games, and prizes…but nothing is more rewarding or motivating to our staff than knowing they’ve made a gift that has made life better for a child. Lending Our Hand on North Texas Giving Day is our favorite way to get up and give!”

-By Stephanie Brigger, Vice President of Development

* Photo credit: Lee Baker/Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Treasure Street

According to Treasure Street Co-Chair Leslie Ficke,

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

Pat Green and Leslie and Brian Ficke*

“2015 is a significant year for Treasure Street as it celebrates its 20th year raising funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children (TSRHC) on October 15. My husband Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be co-chairing the event, especially on such a momentous year, and are thrilled to recognize Annette Simmons, the late Harold Simmons, Kammy & Andy Fleck as this year’s honorary chairmen.

“Treasure Street is TSRHC’s annual event that raises funds for its Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic as well as general patient care at the hospital. Something most people don’t know about Treasure Street is that it was started by a patient’s family and their friends. These charitable families and friends decided to auction off their “treasures” to raise money for the hospital, which is where the name Treasure Street originated. In that first year, they were able to raise more than $150,000; the event now raises more than a million dollars, all of which goes back to supporting programs and patients at TSRHC. This year’s event will be held at Old Parkland and the evening will feature a silent auction, raffle, multiple food offerings as well as live entertainment. We are very excited to announce that this year’s entertainment headliner is Pat Green!

“The event is outdoors so attire for the evening is more casual than your typical evening gala. You’ll see everything from jeans to sport coats! For more information on Treasure Street please visit treasurestreet.org.

“We hope you can join us for an amazing evening raising money for an even more amazing cause!”

* Photo provided by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

Gingerbread Stroll For Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Trumps Gwyneth’s Pop-Up

Am so thrilled that Gwyneth Paltrow is opening a pop-up shop for her GOOP line in a local shopping center.

Seriously?

The rumor mills are buzzing that the GOOP-ster is $1.6M in debt. Hey, who hasn’t had a couple of IOU’s in their sphere of financial wonderfulness? Lots! But that little situation is between Gwenny and her accountants.

The problemo that bothers some locals is that there is no sign of her poppy-up benefiting a local charity. That just may happen. But why wait?

Gingerbread Mansion by the Rosewood Mansion's Nicolas Blouin (File photo)

Gingerbread Mansion by the Rosewood Mansion’s Nicolas Blouin (File photo)

There is a grand opportunity to visit shops, spend buckeroos, feel good and support the 4th Annual Gingerbread Stroll. Organized by Christine McKenny and benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, it’s a killer for tastebuds. Only thang missing is an ice-cold glass of fully-fat milk and/or some wicked whip cream.

Please stop drooling. It’s going to mess up your keyboard.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said Christine. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

There’s a 99% chance that Gwenny won’t be there, but the gingerbread man will be and he’s dying to have you bite his head off.

You can toast him and event adviser Lynn McBee at Cole Haan on Tuesday, November 18, if you can find a parking space. If not, then use that killer charm of yours and have the valet take your wheels.

Or, better yet, you can “silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses, crafted by 12 of Dallas’ premier pastry chefs” including  Celebrity Café & Bakery; Charlie’s, Pastry Chef Winter Lockwood-Frank; Chocolate Secrets; Fine Arts Concepts, Joy Lynn; Four Seasons Resort and Club, Cafe on the Green; Hilton Anatole; Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion; Omni Dallas Hotel; Rosewood Crescent Hotel; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Catering Team; Tom Thumb and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Just In: If You Were Planning On Attending Hollywood Dominos Dallas Saturday With Johnny Depp’s Main Squeeze, Scratch That Plan

If you were picking out your cutest frock for Saturday night’s Hollywood Dominos with Amber Heard at FIG, put the dress back on the rack. Seems Johnny Depp’s fiancée has had a conflict of scheduling for the Texas Scottish Rite/The Art of Elysium fundraiser. Organizers say, “Yeah, the fundraiser is still on…just not Saturday.”

That’s as awkward as being the only guest to show up for a bridal shower.

Maybe the blonde, Austin Amber is trying to explain to Johnny about the rumors about James Franco. Don’t you just love TMZ kind of stuff?

Will let you know when the new date is picked and if Ms. Amber will be in attendance.

In the meantime, that cute dress doesn’t have to stay in the closet. See if there are any tickets left for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s appearance for CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember” at the Winspear.

Just In: Metro PCS Dallas Marathon Is Canceled

Once again wisdom has prevailed. The announcement has just been made that the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has been canceled.

Like the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, the Marathon was to benefit a hospital for children. The well being of others trumped the need to hold the event. So, when making your holiday donations, please consider Children’s and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Upcoming Weekend Of Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade And MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Bodes Traffic Uh Oh’s

This weekend has all the promise of a traffic headache during the morning hours. On Saturday there’s the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Then Sunday the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will create road closures around downtown Dallas and East Dallas including White Rock.

For your convenience, here are maps of the parade route

Children's Medical Center's Holiday Parade route*

Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade route*

and the marathon’s race course.

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Race Course **

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Race Course **

 

If you’re planning on attending either or both of these events, please remember to bundle up. Temperatures will be chilly to say the very least. And you just know frostbite doesn’t go with any of your outfits.

* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade
** Graphic courtesy of MetroPCS Dallas Marathon

Accessible Luxury 2013 Kicks Off At Anteks For Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Fundraiser

While the MySweetCharity elves have been helping Santa’s elves the last few weeks, freelance elves have been filling in. One reports from the field that

Peggy and Dan Meyer

“On Wednesday, December 5, Jason Lenox of Anteks graciously hosted the Accessible Luxury 2013 Host Committee Kick-Off Reception. Patrons, sponsors and associated elite of this anticipated annual event perused the Design District home furnishings store which specializes in sophisticated rustic interiors. In addition guests enjoyed beer compliments of  Four Corners Brewery, wine and hors d’ oeuvres by Parigi. Peggy Meyer greeted everyone and made introductions of speakers Dr. Karl Rathjen and Lisa and Dr. Dan Sucato (2013 Accessible Luxury Chairmen).

Guests learned that the 2013 event will be held at Park Place Premier Collection Dealership on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event will include a fashion show, a variety of offerings in the Bentley Bubble Room, McLaren Roadster Room, the Rolls-Royce Runway Room and the Maserati Man Cave outfitted with Anteks furnishings. A lucky winners of the reception drawing walked away with a gift certificate to Anteks and a piece from the home accessories line which Jason recently designed and launched nationwide.”

FYI: Accessible Luxury benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. . . as if you didn’t already know.

Photo provided by Anteks